Qara Dagh

Présentation du site

Since 2015, excavations at the Girdi Qala and Logardan sites in the Western Qara Dagh (Iraqi Kurdistan) have renewed our knowledge of the cultural evolution of a territory at the heart of the Near East over the long term, from the Chalcolithic to Islam. The discovery on both sites of settlements from the earliest phase of Uruk, at the beginning of the 4th millennium, has revealed the unsuspected extent to which this culture expanded beyond its southern Mesopotamian home. In addition to monumental remains from the middle of the 3rd millennium, Logardan has yielded the largest corpus of potters’ kilns (end of 3rd-beginning of 2nd millennium) in the Near East, making it possible to revisit the question of firing technologies on new bases (Claire Padovani). At Girdi Qala, alongside a small Middle Uruk settlement (mid-4th millennium), major levels from the Hellenistic and Islamic periods are currently being studied.

currently being excavated (under the direction of J. Baldi), the results of the first 5 campaigns (2015-2019) are currently being studied.